Thursday, August 31, 2006

Turkey - Pinocchio and friends converted to Islam

The Telegraph reports.

The clumsy insertions by Islamic publishing houses have caused controversy in Turkey, which has been a strongly secular state since the 1920s.

Other books contain insults, slang and rude rhymes which mock the president and the prime minister.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is Turkey's first Islamic premier, has called for swift action to be taken against the publishers.

The education ministry has threatened to take legal action against any publisher which continues to issue such books.

What's got them so upset is not the "clumsy insertions" of Islam into the books, but the swearing.

Huseyin Celik, the education minister, said: "If there are slang and swear words, we will sue them for using the ministry logo."

That's ok then.

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